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Backcountry aircraft

Bush planes and aircraft that are ideal for backcountry flying, including popular modifications and accessories.


Backcountry piloting

Techniques and procedures for negotiating the unique flight environment of the backcountry.

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Backcountry safety and survival

Self-sufficiency in the absence of civilization is a critical skillset for pilots.

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Engines and Propellers
tailwind5sw 15 minutes ago View the latest post P&W R985 OIL
Phillips 25-60 is fine... XC is fine, Aeroshell 15-40 is fine. I worked as a tech-rep on these engines for about 3 years in the 90's. Part of that was that when I wasn't on the road,...
Airports and Airstrips
albravo 16 minutes ago View the latest post sleeping cots
Those thermarest cots are probably what you are looking for, but after sleeping on the Cabelas XL cots it is hard to go back.
Trip Reports
Zzz 28 minutes ago View the latest post Mt. Bona - I think I need a GoPro
Squash actually sent me a photo of Wolverine, I just wondered if you had any more because it looks like a cool spot.
Is there a preferred way to send pictures to you. I've got a few...
Accident Analysis
Terry 43 minutes ago View the latest post Pilot MacNichol down in Idaho.
Our MMV buddy was involved in the search, bummer deal.
Around the Campfire
NineThreeKilo Today, 20:20pm View the latest post To Self Insure or Buy It
There is a reason some religions don't use insurance and view it as a forum of gambling, it is.
The insurance companies are profitable because they bring in more then they pay out....
Airports and Airstrips
Flymac Today, 20:05pm View the latest post Beware Landing @ Sluice Creek, OR (Hells Canyon)
I'll just use some tape to change a number or two prior to landing there and give them a puzzle to solve...
Aviation Regulation and Law
Alpina23 Today, 20:05pm View the latest post Registering a private strip
Besides the feds, you'll need to check out your local requirements. I'd suggest starting with the County Planner. Your state Aeronautics department will also likely have some info.
courierguy Today, 19:15pm View the latest post What's my S-7S weigh?
Tom, I have to apologize, when I saw your guess, I thought "how dare he!" Ha ha, I never dreamed you'd be low, while also being the highest guesser. Well done sir.

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A Thousand Words

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Featured photographer

Alaskan bush pilot and photographer Arturo Polo-Ena

Check out the work of our latest featured photographer Arturo Polo-Ena, a working bush pilot for Ultima Thule Lodge in Alaska.

Bush Flying Library

Bush Flying Library

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